A criminal records check for people who wish to obtain a visa for Australia, Belgium, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa or the United States of America.
ACRO issues Police Certificates to people who want to emigrate to a number of countries including Australia, Belgium, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United States of America.
The certificate details whether or not the applicant has a criminal record in the United Kingdom and is required as part of the visa process by the respective High Commission or Embassy.
Please note that the certificate may also include foreign criminal history information where it has been disclosed to the UK.
Certificates are prepared in accordance with ACPO guidelines (please note that these guidelines do not apply to Scottish and Military convictions).
Please visit our frequently asked questions (FAQs) page for further information on Police Certificates. If you cannot find the information you are looking for, please contact ACRO Customer Services.
Application forms and guidance can be accessed in various languages by following the links below. Forms must be completed in English.
To help you complete your application form, please see an example of a completed form by following the link below.
Example Application Form
Guidance on making payments by cheque and bank draft can be accessed via the links below.
Bank draft guidance
With effect from Monday 1st October 2012 ACRO will only accept Versions 18 or 19 of the Police Certificate application form. From this date, all previous versions will be rejected and ACRO will require a new form to be submitted before an application can be processed.
ACRO introduced a new version of the Police Certificate application form on 6 August 2012 in support of a revised pricing structure.